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Contractual "Truncation"or Shortening of Statutes of Limitation

Contractually shortened statutes of limitations are becoming more popular in real estate contracts to provide certainty and finality for the parties.

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Equal Pay–Are All Woodwinds the Same?

As women climb the corporate ladder, there are fewer identical positions they can use to compare their salaries with those received by male colleagues. When positions aren’t the same, there sometimes may be legitimate business reasons unrelated to employee sex for a pay differential. Unfortunately, the limited number of comparable jobs also can make it easier for an employer to engage in pay discrimination.

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Surviving Mahler Symphonies and Contract Terminations

At 90 minutes in length, Mahler’s Sixth is a true endurance piece. Consisting of four movements. Performance of a symphony of that length typically leaves orchestra musicians and conductors dripping in sweat as if they had just finished the New York Marathon, rather than played in the New York Philharmonic. Although surviving a symphonic performance or running a marathon frequently is synonymous with accomplishing a huge feat, survival has a different meaning in contracts.

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Orchestra Performances and Basic Honesty Analysis in Rule 10b-5 Cases

Individual orchestra musicians aren’t considered responsible for a musical composition or interpretation, even if the musicians, themselves believe them to be lacking. That responsibility lies with the composer or conductor who created it. The same may not be true with securities. People who relay inaccurate information they did not author now may be held responsible for securities fraud.

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Unintended Consequences of Business Policies

Sometimes, policies also can backfire and create unintended consequences. For instance, in 2014, the Maryland legislature outlawed the sale of high-proof alcohol, only to find out that it had an impact on the violin repair business.

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Business Dissolution–Severing Ties Without Fighting to the Death

Business relationships sometimes need “divorces.” This may occur for several reasons. There can be misconduct by a partner or a falling out among partners. Other times, an owner may want to retire, or the business model may no longer make sense.

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Unfinished Music and “Unfinished” Contracts 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert both died in Vienna while still in their thirties. Each left an unfinished work which has become a staple in the classical music repertoire. Likewise, contracting parties may leave contracts incomplete or "unfinished."

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